power up

verb

Definition of power up

transitive verb

: to cause to operate power up the computer

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power-up \ ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​ˌəp How to pronounce power-up (audio) \ noun

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Still, that's a galling timeframe for powering up a motorcycle, especially in light of the fact that your cell phone pales in comparison—and cannot transport you across a scenic highway. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Zero's New SR/F Electric Motorcycle Charges as Fast as Your Cell Phone," 25 Feb. 2019 But the robot wasn't designed to be serviced by astronauts, and the installation proved challenging; afterward, the legs wouldn't move once the motor was fully powered up, and several other errors manifested in its operation. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "NASA's Broken Robonaut Will Head Back to Earth This Spring," 20 Mar. 2018 After four days on the road—snacking on cuttlefish puffs and other iffy gas-station food, hundreds of miles of forest, the endless downshifting to power up spine-rattling hills—letting someone else take the controls was a luxury. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 Wednesday’s brawl was like watching Obi-Wan power up a dusty old light saber. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Uh-Oh. The Yankees and Red Sox Hate Each Other Again," 12 Apr. 2018 Japanese design studio Nendo recently showed off a prototype of the Denqul, a hand-crank phone charger for Sugita Ace that powers up a phone, no electricity needed. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Nendo designs an attractive hand-crank phone charger," 12 Nov. 2018 Starting in the late 1400s, Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal funded missions to the Americas in order to gather natural resources that would power up their economies. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Unsafe Space," 22 Aug. 2018 This microarchitectural feature can be measured: if the AVX2 units are fully powered down, running an AVX2 instruction will take longer than if the units are fully powered up. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "New Spectre attack enables secrets to be leaked over a network," 26 July 2018 And then power up your ponies, astro babes, and let the unfurling red carpet road rise to meet you... Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes September 17-23," 10 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of power up

1970, in the meaning defined above

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